|Mindy Hoffar and Ruth Ayres talk to Karen Caine|
The book which is published by Heinemann and has a forward written by Janet Angelillo, is full of minilessons written for grades 3-8. This is the best book on persuasive writing for that age group that I have seen. It has a chapter for immersing students in this genre including how to read, jot, talk and write while reading persuasive text. There is a chapter on collecting ideas and developing those ideas. One of the final chapters is on minilessons for persuasive writing on standardized writing tests and analyzing the writing prompt!
One of my favorite things about the book, though, is the appendix. Not only are there additional resources, there are also many sample writing pieces to use as mentor texts. As Karen wrote in my book... "Thank you for giving teachers and students a voice in the world." That is what we want for our students, a way to have a voice in the world!